Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

South Africa: The SABC Crisis - Just Another Building Block in a Greater Humiliation

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After a week in which it seemed the chaos at the SABC had reached its climax, Sunday brought news that matters were even worse than they first seemed. Not only is the COO someone who doesn't have a matric, and lied about it. Now, according to the City Press, the chair also lied about her qualifications. Liars, it seems, stick together at the corporation.

The Sunday Times also added fuel to the Mail & Guardian's reports that Communications Minister Faith Muthambi was the driving force behind the COO appointment. The SACP is furious, the ANC is officially bemused, and Number One adds, in the immortal words of Shaggy, "It wasn't me". Is this really how we are governed?

Let's start with the facts. As we understand them, at any rate. Having claimed that an "independent reputable law firm" had somehow cleared Hlaudi Motsoeneng of the claims against him, and thus somehow overriding the Public Protector's findings, SABC Chair Zandile Ellen Tshabalala pushed through Motsoeneng's appointment. Then it was confirmed by Minister Muthambi, who made the actual announcement. Cue the usual outrage from those critical of the ANC, but at a higher pitch than usual. Quite rightly, considering...

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